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Epson's digital printing solutions bring First Nations fashion designs to life

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Following Epson's signing of a significant technology and sustainability agreement to back First Nations Fashion + Design (FNFD), all participants in the first FNFD x THE ICONIC Incubator training program have successfully finished the distinctive course.

From start to finish, the designers had their individual creations digitised and printed by Epson using its digital printing solutions.

FNFD's founder and chairperson, Grace Lillian Lee and Epson Australia MD, Craig Heckenberg. (Image: Supplied)

Meriam Mer Island woman, FNFD founder and chairperson, Grace Lillian Lee, said: "We were so lucky to have Epson's Derek Mobbs come out and scan the artists' paintings and digitise the files."

"There was a lot of care taken by the team at Epson to respectfully adjust the prints in order for them to become textile designs, with Derek consulting with each designer to make sure that he wasn't changing the story of their artworks," she said.

"First Nations artists and designers use their works as a form of storytelling and the integrity of these stories were very important to Derek and his process."

Epson Australia MD Craig Heckenberg said it was exciting to witness the transformation of the work and dreams of First Nations designers into reality.

"It is very exciting to see the work and dreams of these amazing First Nations designers become reality," he said.

"We at Epson are delighted to be able to help tell their unique stories by using Epson digital printing technologies."

Epson's assistance allowed designers to bypass the usual cost-saving practice of conducting the toile stage on plain calico.

Instead, they executed it instantly, using the fabric intended for final production.

"Epson's help, support and printing expertise has been truly invaluable," Ms Lee said.

"The designers were so happy with their fabrics that they ordered bigger quantities for their manufacturing component of the program."

"Selected pieces and designs will be stocked on THE ICONIC website from 31 January and will be showcased at the upcoming FNFD X THE ICONIC event at the China Heights Gallery in Surry Hills on the same date."

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